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Best Practices Institute

Faculty members discussing teaching practicesBPI is a collegial, hands-on seminar especially useful for teachers who would like to reflect on and learn to represent their teaching. BPI is a good first experience for interacting with colleagues about course design. In the BPI, you’ll focus on one thing you want to change about one of your courses. You’ll work in small groups with teachers from various disciplines, as well as with colleagues who’ve successfully implemented changes in their teaching. By the end of BPI, you will have a plan in place and will be ready to implement the course change you want to make next year, and you will be ready to document the results of your teaching project.

What will you do in BPI?
You’ll learn more about:

  • Designing a course to maximize student learning
  • Making the most of class time
  • Using out-of-class time to promote learning (e.g. flipping classes)
  • Assessing learning efficiently and productively
  • Representing your teaching effectiveness

By the end of the seminar, you’ll have an electronic poster that documents new features you’re developing with your teaching and that tracks implementation of your ideas. And as a BPI participant, you’ll receive a $1000 instructional fund you can use for materials, travel, or hourly help for any teaching project.

When is the BPI?
The seminar will be held May 15-18, 2017. Participants will also attend a follow-up session in August.

When is the application deadline?
Applications for the May 2017 BPI are available as a Word document or as a PDF. Applications are due March 30 and participants will be chosen and notified by April 18. Final representation of your teaching should be completed by May 2018.